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local illustrator published in big-time children’s magazine

Rob Reid

"Cyrus Charges" by Ned Gannon
"Cyrus Charges" by Ned Gannon
Believe this local Kiddie-Lit guy when I say that there is no children’s magazine as prestigious as Cricket. It is the goal of many authors and illustrators to appear in it. So I was mightily impressed when children’s book creator and UW-Eau Claire Associate Professor Ned Gannon published not one, but five illustrations for a story in the October issue of Cricket. Ned connected with Cricket’s Senior Art Director Karen Kohn at a writers/illustrators conference in Madison last year. She contacted Ned a month later and sent the story and contract. Ned took on the story – Cowgirl Morning by Bryn Fleming, a story of a ranch girl and buffaloes – partly because of fond family memories of the Dakotas. The accompanying illustrations are rendered in ink and acrylic, Ned’s family-friendly medium these days. The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library subscribes to Cricket for those wishing to read the story and view all five pictures. Ned’s other artwork can be found on his website Cricket’s website is

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Rob Reid is a senior lecturer of education studies at UW-Eau Claire. In addition to writing Children’s Jukebox (ALA Editions 1995/2007), Reid has also written two more books about children’s music: Something Musical Happened at the Library (ALA Editions, 2007) and Shake and Shout: 16 Noisy, Lively S

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